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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday


What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had! It was relaxed & fun & filled w/ laughter & good food. And a pretty table never hurts festivities! ;o) I went w/ a pink theme this year, using a quilt as my inspiration & my tablecloth.


I accidently loaded up all the pictures in a medium size but you can click on them to enlarge.



My centerpiece was a glittered pumpkin on a large, vintage milk glass compote (the greens are just clippings out of my yard) & two arrangements of some of the prettiest pink roses I have ever seen.





The chargers are Lace by JCPenney.com, the dinner plates are Homer Laughlin Maple Leaf, the salad plates & the goblets are Arcoroc Pink Swirl (they're from the 70's not from the depression era) & the pumpkins are sitting in clear depression glass, champagne goblets in the Boopie pattern by Anchor Hocking. I also have liqeuer, juice, water, & tea goblets in this pattern. There is another simliar pattern called Candlewick & it has plates w/ the beaded edge....I want some!The silverware is a garage sale find from over 10 years ago. I used milk glass compotes as serving dishes for the cranberry jelly & pumpkin butter & added some milk glass votives. The pressed glass domes were for the butter slices.





My beloved Homer Laughlin Maple Leaf china!





I wrote each guest a little note, telling them why I am thankful for them & then rolled them up into a scroll & inserted them into spice jars, dressed up w/ lace & vintage clip-on earrings.



My note to myself cracked everyone up. Nothing wrong w/ my ego! LOL



My vintage salt & pepper praying ladies. I have 2 pair of them & they've presided over many of our Thanksgiving tables.




The grands' table (actually my coffee table). The centerpiece was brought as a hostess gift from my father-in-law so I had to use it. ;o) The roses are made of wood....too cool! While I appreciate the uniqueness of the wood roses, I don't care for the arrangement so I'll dismantle it & do something else w/ the roses. The "placemats" are paper doilies.




I made the kids haystacks (find recipe here ) & finished them off w/ a candy pumpkin.



We had another table of guests ( we had a larger crowd than anticipated) but we didn't set that table up until last minute & by then everything was rushed so I didn't get pics of it. May my house always be too small for all my family & friends!


Our dessert bar. There's pumpkin & eggnog fudge in the covered candy dish & frosted cranberries on the little pressed glass cake stand. Excuse the styrofoam plates...I had forgotten about holiday paper plates for the appetizer & dessert buffets & then decided not to stress on it. I don't even know if anyone but me (& now you) noticed.





Pumpkin Pie Flan that I garnished w/ a sugared rosemary sprig & Frosted Cranberries. As you can see, I caught my son Dustin cutting a slice, in the nick of time! We hadn't even had appetizers yet & he was cutting him a slice! Geeesh!


The pecan pie my sister made. And she says she can't cook!





Cranberry Brownie Torte that I had hubby decorate as I was busy w/ grandkids. I wish he had done the whipped cream poufs in a circle instead of scattering them across the top. :o( You want something done right, then you should do it yourself, I guess!

I didn't get pics of the appetizer bar. As soon as I put anything out, it got plowed through! LOL I do wish I had taken the time to get a pic of the new apothecary beverage jar my mother bought me in Salado though. It's beautiful! I'll share pics of it another time but it sure looked beautiful filled w/ the autumn punch.

The best time of the day for me was laying down w/ my grandson Coleson, to get him to take a nap & listening to my adult kids laugh & laugh & laugh in the other rooms. There were many other guests but my children's laughter carried the loudest through the walls....I guess they were having lots of fun w/ each other. It sure warmed this mother's heart.

Or was the best time of the day, watching my sons toss a football back & forth? They have spent many, many Thanksgiving afternoons doing just that but noone thought Clifton would be able to this year. And there he was...just like always! Gosh I have so much to be thankful for!!!! I hope you all had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I had!

If you'd like to see pics of previous Thanksgiving tables of mine, click here .

Can't wait to see all this week's tables @ Between Naps on the Porch !

39 comments:

tardevil said...

Another beautiful table. I'm sure it warmed your heart to hear your family having a good time. If you get a minute, please share the Egg Nog Fudge recipe. I use to not like egg nog, but I've reformed & it sounds delicious!

tardevil said...

In response to your comment, I was thinking the same thing...one of the bloggers did a Dr. Seuss baby shower, and I'd give alot to find that post. They had a great table in bright colors. Thanks for stopping by!

Glenda said...

Your pumpkin and rose arrangements are just the right touch. That quilt is really, really, nice and works well for your table covering.
I am so thankful for you that you and your children's families were able to spend the day together and not in a hospital or rehab facility somewhere.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Pretty....I love your chairs...

HoneyB said...

Beautiful! You do have a year to be so thankful for. I'm so happy your Clifton is healthy and active!

Diana said...

Looks like you guys had an awesome Thanksgiving. Very nice job with the tablescape! I also really liked your idea of putting notes of why you were thankful for each person there - how thoughtful?! :)

A Hint of Home said...

What a gorgeous table. The plate, chargers, centerpieces were all very pretty. The idea of the scroll notes were an added touch.

JudyBug said...

Love your table and your memories of the day. How precious those are!
Love the chargers too...I have them in lavendar! ;-)

Prayers for your son and his recovery. Blessings....

Meadowsweet Days said...

Lovely! Just lovely, Cami! Thank you for visiting my blog!

Carol

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

How elegant! I love the combination of muted colors and touches of pink! Very nice! ...beautiful! And the food is presented so lovely as well! ~Rhonda :)

laurie said...

This tablescape just took my breath away! Absolutely stunning! I would never have thought to use pink for Thanksgiving, but it is beautiful. Looking at the roses would be enough to make anyone thankful for God's beautiful creations! Love your praying angels. Everything is just perfect. laurie

Neabear said...

Beautiful table! I so enjoyed browsing through your pictures. Lots of ideas I have never thought of. I noticed the sheet music and picture in vases or glasses. Cute idea! Thank you for visiting me too.

Lana G! said...

Love those chargers! Everything is fabulous and what a great idea for the little thankful scrolls! Wonderful tablescape!

ellen b said...

Cami,
I love the pink in your Thanksgiving table!! Fabulous. Boy your food really looked wonderful.

ann said...

ALL I CAN SAY IS WOOWOWOWOWOOW.THE GLITTER,THE PINK.EVERYTHING INCLUDING YOUR HANDWRITING IS BEAUTIFUL.YOU WIN....HANDS DOWN.YOU ARE QUEEN OF TODAY.....I LOVE EVERYTHING...ANN

Cary said...

Cami-There's a link on my giveaway to an blog that links to an ebay benefit auction for a sweet little girl name Josephine. Anyway-they are auctioning a Homer Laughlin platter. Didn't know if you wanted to take a look. I'll post the link here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Homer-Laughlin-Hudson-serve-platter-Benefit-Auction_W0QQitemZ160301265326QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item160301265326&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Take a moment to read Josephine's story!

ceekay said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the soft pink and white pumpkins.

Stacey said...

Cami I just love what you have done. I especially love the way you used the earrings to dress up the candlesticks. What a wonderful idea. :)

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a lovely table! Love the pink! and the white pumpkins with glitter...and the earrings...and the scrolled letters to each one...what a great idea!
And what a magnificent feast...my mouth is watering over those desserts! Some recipe sharing would be grand! ;-)

profenretraite said...

Beautiful table! All of your desserts look so yummy!! I loved the idea of the little notes to the guests. Thanks fo rsharing...Debbie

PlantBuddy said...

Cami, you outdid yourself! So elegant and refined. And you know I just adore the pink roses.
Thanks for visiting on Monday.

Happy To Be said...

Cami this is all beautiful girl..I love the pink and those little notes you did what a great idea...thanks so much for sharing your wonderful table..hugs and smiles Gloria

Becky said...

How pretty is your table. And those desserts look wonderful.
I would love to have the pumkin flan recipes.
yummy
Becky

MizSmoochieLips said...

Oh my lordy... I gained another dress size just looking at the desserts!

I bet Thanksgiving was a special affair at your casa :) I love all the detail you put into a table setting! And the garnishings too, my dear! You need your own show!

CIELO said...

What a beautiful post! I love your white and rosy dishes, the candles and pink rose centerpiece... and oh, I have the same exact pink crystal cups.... I was so surprise to see them... I got mine at a thrift store, the set was incomplete, I only have the little desserts bowls, glasses and cups... no plates! but I love them! and oh, "pumpkin flan"???? did you see me post about dessert? (http://houseinroses.blogspot.com/2008/11/christmas-fair-whats-your-christmas.html), yes, I'm the "Flan Queen", (ha!) but I have never seen or taste a pumpkin flan... wow, I'm impressed! Do you mind sharing the recipe?

Hugs

cielo

Gypsy aka Tam said...

What a beautiful table!!! So different from the usual deep colors for Thanksgiving, instead a very light, fresh and dreamy feel.
I absolutly love the chargers.
Have a wonderful evening,
Tam

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Cami...your table is wonderful! The china is lovely but my favorite part has to be the wonderful notes in the decorated spice jars. I will have to remember that...so special! Those desserts were amazing! Susan

Shelia said...

Hi Cami! Oh, your table is truly beautiful! I love your dishes. The chargers are so pretty and those plates - I haven't seen that pattern before. The milk glass is beautiful too! Heck, all of it is.
The food looks so yummy, too! Thanks for coming by to see me.
Be a sweetie,

Shelia ;)

tardevil said...

Hi Cami, thanks for giving me the link to the Dr. Seuss party. I found the baby shower one, so I thought I'd post it for you if you were curious. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2008/10/dr-seuss-baby-shower-by-madeline.html
I love the idea of the cups on the cake stands. I hope you don't mind if I borrow that one! The picture is yummy!

Violet said...

What a pretty table setting! I love those white chargers ... and your scroll/decorated spice jars, I've been using vintagey clip-on earrings for many things this season too. You created such beauty for the holiday!

once in a blue moon... said...

cute table, but that pumpkin flan winked at me... your header pic is a blast to my past, we had those mugs when i was tiny, i set it out every xmas for santa with cocoa and cookies...

Melissa Miller said...

~GORGEOUS~ The food looks delish too! :)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I am adding you to my favorites. I love your tablescape. Hey, we deal with a company in Keller. It's B & R equipment. We stop in there at least every other year.

Southern Touch Catering said...

Tammy, Great tablescape. I love decorating our Thanksgivng table and I will be posting tablescapes for the holidays on my blogsite next week - thanks for sharing yours- it is just gorgeous!
Teresa

Knitty said...

Wow, just....wow!
Beautiful table, scrumptious sounding food and the laughter of loved ones. It just doesn't get any better than that.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

How pretty! I've really enjoyed seeing what you did for Thanksgiving. Your guests surely felt loved and welcomed. Love the idea of writing a note to each one...and even to yourself.

Thank you for visiting my little corner of Blogdom and for leaving a comment.

Debbie Kay said...

Cami:

Wow, I am a new visitor to your blog and I want to thank you for visiting mine. You are amazing, I am in awe at your beautiful tablescape, I am inspired by the "pink" for Thanksgiving, it really works and it really looks gorgeous. I added you to my bloglist. I will come back for more.

Blessings,

Debbie Kay

Linda said...

Vinty, as usual, I examined every wonderful detail in your photos. I love the quilt, and of course Homer Laughlin china/pottery is my very favorite.

So happy you & your family had a wonderful holiday.

char72 said...

I think I gained a little weight just admiring these delicious desserts. Beautiful table.
Charlotte